Selfie sticks have been around for a while, and (unfortunately) it seems they are here to stay. They serve as a tool to help you take a photo of yourself with (or without) your friends and get everyone in the frame. But, is it that easy to take a high-quality, artistic selfie with a selfie-stick? This “professional selfie-stick photographer” hit the streets of New York City and offered people to help them take professional photos with a selfie-stick.
For many, it’s difficult to walk around town without bumping into one or two selfie sticks. Perhaps you’re even the one who’s out there with the selfie stick. Love them or hate them, they’re here to stay. We don’t have to like it, though. And that is expressed brilliantly in this little tune from Monty Python’s John Cleese and Eric Idle.
Described by John Cleese as “One from the heart”, the song is possible not quite as subtle as some might expect. Titled “F**k Selfies”, there’s no mistaking their views by the end of the song.
The general population seems to have got it through their head that texting while driving is a stupid idea. It seems, though, that when it comes to selfies, people quite gotten so smart yet.
A recent study by the Auto Insurance Center says that at any given moment during daylight hours in the USA, around 660,000 people are using cellphones or other electronic devices wile driving. This covers talking, texting, or playing games. It also includes those taking photos and uploading them to social media while operating a vehicle.
If you hate the way you look in selfies, here’s some good news for you.
Firstly you are not alone. Big noses, squashed ears and weak chins make selfies looks less attractive (maybe this is why duck face is so common). Secondly, this may change as researchers at Princeton University developed an algorithm to convert selfies into long lens portraits (and vice versa).
Their method uses an automated mesh places on a photo, which calculates the face warp (and then adjusts it).
Did you know that the “duck face” pose draws blood away from your eyes and impairs your vision? This and more selfie defense tips come in this humorous short video from Master Ken with assistance from “Millennial” Cathleen.
They say that two things are certain in life; Death and taxes. Taxes we can’t do anything about, but I don’t think anybody until now realised just how many of those entirely preventable deaths could be attributed to shooting selfies.
You just can’t seem to go very long these days without hearing about another one. Some countries seem to be attempting to do something about this, and it would probably be wise for other countries to follow their lead.
Adele might disagree with this one, but a team of researchers at the American Psychological Association have published a study reporting that taking photographs of an experience can actually increase the enjoyment of that experience.
With several lab and field studies conducted, each of the over 2,000 participants were either banned from using or allowed to use a camera while on safari, at a concert, museum or restaurant.
In an attempt to save face, Bridgend County officials have christened a pair of benches located on the shore in Porthcawl as the UK’s first “selfie benches”, although that was not their original intent.
It turns out, the benches were just installed the wrong way around, and instead of pointing at the beautifully picturesque seaside, it points towards the not-so-scenic Seabank Hotel.
If you thought selfies were worth nothing more than a fad destined to die out with time, think again. Amazon has filed a patent recently that explains how selfies taken with smartphones and tablets could be used as a security measure before making purchases, in place of a password. [Read more…]